A cheating case targeting a Mumbai resident, which spanned across two cities and involved the forgery of Supreme Court stamps and the national emblem, attracted the attention of the Central government, which recently directed the Mumbai police to take up the case.
The Navghar police have now registered an FIR in the case, which dates back to last year, in which Mulund resident Brijesh Zakhri, who owns a software and web development company, was allegedly cheated of Rs. 23 lakh by his friend, Kushal Mehta, under the pretext of getting him a contract to develop the website of the Supreme Court.
“In March 2013, Mehta promised Zakhri that he would get him the contract, claiming he had contacts,” said Sunil Kale, inspector (crime), Navghar police station.
Mehta then introduced Zakhri to a man who identified himself as Tharpiyal, in Delhi. The two jointly pretended that they would help him bag the contract, for which Zakhri paid Rs. 23 lakh, the police said. Zakhri received a supposed confirmation letter and two forged treasury receipts, one of Rs. 3 crore and another of Rs. 90 lakh worth, purportedly from the Supreme Court, saying his company had been awarded the contract.
“When Zakhri approached the bank, he learned the receipts were false,” said Kale adding, “He then wrote to the secretary general of the SC to check the veracity of the project and learnt he had been cheated.” The case then came to the Centre’s notice too. Zakhri then approached the Navghar police in 2013 and the police started investigating the case. However, Zakhri and Mehta settled the financial dispute and the FIR was not registered.
After the cops received the letter from an undersecretary rank Central officer, a FIR was filed and Mehta was registered on September 14. He is out on bail “We are looking out for Thariyapal in the case,” said Kale.